Last time I talked about over-the-counter (OTC) investing and mentioned
Florida. I was planning on discussing a California tax deed sale or
Alabama state-held liens. However, it appears that Real Auction and
some Florida counties are working together to release the OTC liens
using an Internet auction process.
So, if you don't mind being flexible, let's take advantage of these online options.
Annual tax lien sales in Florida are held in May/June so these OTC lien
lists are ripe and ready for the picking.
First, visit Real Auction and sign up to get a username and password.
Once you reach this site, you will see that the normal tax lien sales
are closed, but several counties show dates for the release of
county-held liens. The good liens go quickly so look at the list today.
Hillsborough, FL county-held liens were released July 12th. Also,
Hendry, Nassau and some other counties were just released.
Last night I looked at some of the Hendry County liens, which were
mostly land. However, some of the lots I saw were located next to a
golf course and near small lakes in a planned community. Moreover, a
few of the lots were 2.5 acres in size so if you can stomach a longer
hold time and being ready to take these to the tax deed sale in two
years, there could be some opportunities. Florida runs in cycles and we
are certainly in a down cycle, but a warm climate still sells very well
in the winter time. Just ask the snow birds that come down to southern
Florida every year, making the population nearly double.
Also, notice that some of the other counties have not released their
lists. You will need to be vigilent and keep checking back or call and
see when the lists will be released. You will probably have to call the
County Tax Collector.
Before we go on I want to remind you that Real Auction does not control
all of the counties and the lists. Some counties still operate auctions
and maintain tax lien lists either on their website or at the county. I
have had to literally go to the county, put in a request, go to lunch
and waste the rest of the day waiting. What a pain! Actually, the list
was very fresh so it was great. This was a smaller county outside of
the tourist and population centers. If you live in Florida or plan on
taking a trip, consider making your visit at least partially tax
deductible and pick up a list.
The Tax Collector runs the tax lien sale and holds the county-held or
OTC tax lien lists. The Clerk of the Cicuit Cout runs the tax deed sales and hold the
Lands Available or OTC tax deed lists.
Hillsborough, Florida County-Held Certificates
Step 1: Visit the auction site. Read through the rules and register for
the sale. You will need to register as a person with your Social
Security Number, as a business with an Employer Identification Number,
or with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
***County-Held Certificate Sale Begins July 12, 2010***
The County-Held Tax Certificate Sale offers for public purchase all
certificates not sold at auction. The unsold certificates carry an 18%
interest rate per Florida Statute.
To purchase a county-held certificate, first make your buying deposit
(See Bidding Rules). Next, place an ‘18’ in the entry box next to the
certificates you wish to purchase on the buy pages.
On July 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM ET, the certificates will be awarded to
winning buyers. In the case of more than one buyer indicating the same
certificate, the sale program will randomly choose the successful
buyer. Buyers will have until August 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM ET to pay for
their winning certificate purchases using the payment wizard inside the
website. If taxes are paid before your payment is received, that
purchase is canceled and you will receive a refund.
Please note: It is the bidder's responsibility to research certificates
prior to placing a bid. Certificates that are purchased and not paid
for can result in the Tax Collector banning the purchaser from
participating in any further County sales.
Notice to Bidders
The following Notice to Bidders will need to be agreed to on all Florida websites before
the user can enter the auction.
Notice: The offer or sale of vacant residential lots or parcels in a
subdivision may be subject to the Land Sales Practices requirements of
Chapter 498, Florida Statutes, and may require you to be registered
with Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation,
Division of Florida Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes.
As a point of information, an individual (who is not a developer) is
allowed to buy a tax deed for only one lot in a planned subdivision for
the purpose of resale. Section 498.025(1), Florida Statutes states:
Except as provided in s. 498.022, the provisions of this chapter
[498.025] do not apply to the offer or disposition of an interest in
subdivided lands by a purchaser for his or her own account in a single
isolated transaction." The Bureau of Florida Land Sales has stated that
its concerns are with providing disclosure to persons who are
successful bidders; and who after two years apply for a tax deed, and
who at the courthouse public auction obtain multiple tax deeds, for the
purpose of resale to multiple purchasers. A seller of lots in property
subdivided or proposed to be subdivided into 50 lots or more is
required to be registered with the Department of Business and
Professional Regulation, Division of Florida Land Sales, Condominiums,
and Mobile Homes. Also, if a certificate holder purchases 5
certificates in a subdivision that contains 25 or more lots, and
eventually obtained 5 tax deeds, he would be subject to the provisions
of section 498.022, Florida Statutes, regarding standards for
transacting land sales. Therefore, it is recommended that, when
purchasing certificates on lots or parcels in a subdivision, the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Florida
Land Sales, Condominiums, and Mobile Homes be contacted at (850)
488-1631 to ascertain your responsibility with regard to subsequent
sale transactions of lots in that subdivision.
we have created a profile. Next, you will really want to view the
list and do some searches to make sure you even want to buy any
certificates. If you decide to buy, then you will need to make a
Real Auction works well with the County government and you can easily
setup a 10% deposit by using your bank's routing or ACH and account
information. Note: if you decide not to buy anything or the random
bidding process does not work in your favor, your account will be
The great thing about online investing is you can do some sorts directly using their system.
Here is one potential screen to use. You should be creative and come up
with your own based upon your investing criteria. This screen assumes
an assessed value greater than $10000, no more than two years of unpaid
taxes and land use codes for single family homes, mobile homes and
condos. It also includes homestead properties, which are owner-occupied.
Homestead property owners are more likely to redeem so they do not lose
their property. However, in the event of foreclosure they have certain
rights, such as being paid at least 50% of the properties value.
When you are ready to bid, please note that you will be bidding the
full interest rate of 18% for these county-held certificates. At a
normal auction, you could bid down to .25% or even 0% as discussed
Click on the certificate number or parcel I.D. to find out details
about the property as well as how many bidders are active. Check out
the map link, of course, and find out where the property is located.
Most of these liens are on properties that are worth well over the
nominal fee listed. The goods news is the 18% interest. The bad news is
they have adopted a system of random bidding so you will not know until
July 30th whether you have won the bid. If you do win, you get 18% per
with a guaranteed 5% earnings for early withdrawal. Not too bad for never leaving the house.
P.S. We recently updated the over-the-counter lists and links on the main premium page, so be sure to check it out.